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Australia: Evacuations in Victoria due to flood risk December 1

Authorities issue evacuation orders for towns in Victoria due to flood risks December 1; significant rainfall expected December 1-3

01 Dec 10:41 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 12/1/2017, 12:00 AM until 12/3/2017, 11:59 PM (UTC). COUNTRY/REGION Victoria state

Event

Victoria state officials issued flood warnings across the state on Friday, December 1, and into Saturday, December 2, amid ongoing, heavy rainfall. Authorities ordered families to evacuate out of low-lying areas near Myrtleford, Buckland, and Wangaratta on Friday due to the risk of flooding. Flash flood warnings were also issued for at least a dozen Melbourne suburbs. According to forecasts on Friday, up to 300 mm (11.8 in) of rain, along with hail and damaging winds, are expected to hit the state through Sunday, December 3. Some flight disruptions have been reported at Melbourne Airport (MEL) and airport officials are urging travelers to confirm their reservations. Authorities have also warned individuals to stay off the roads as a precaution and to monitor emergency broadcasts for updates.

Advice

Individuals in Victoria state are advised to keep abreast of weather forecasts, confirm travel reservations, and adhere to all advice issued by the local authorities. Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater or chemical products; all items having come into contact with the water should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded.

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